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Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp Roster Announced

By Keith Schultz
Feb 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Blake Comeau (17) defends during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Blake Comeau (17) defends during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks announced their 2016 Prospect Camp roster and schedule on Thursday!

After doing this blog for four years now, one thing that everyone including myself could get excited about was the prospect camp every year.  I mean look at all the players that came through to get us excited from Brandon Saad to Teuvo Teravainen.

Of course there were players we would get excited about that never did turn out from Brandon Pirri to Jeremy Morin.  It’s amazing how many of the players that did come through didn’t get qualifying offers this past summer.

So moving ahead to this year, I really wasn’t that excited about this years version of the prospect camp, but that all changed when Teuvo Teravainen was traded away and Stan Bowman signed Nick Schmaltz.

Schmaltz is the former #1 pick of the Chicago Blackhawks that won a National Championship at the University of North Dakota.  Of course there is not proof but one would think that Stan Bowman had to say that Schmaltz would get a fair shot at making the team out of training camp.

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Schmaltz not only has the offensive skills to play in the NHL, he put in the work to become a two-way player that Joel Quenneville demands of his team.  Schmaltz played on special teams his sophomore season to improve his skill level and game, so now with his arrival to the franchise and with him playing at prospect camp it is now once again something to look forward to.

The other players to look forward to watching has to be Tyler Motte, Tanner Kero, and Ryan Hartman.  Some of them of course have played in Chicago and played well in spurts.  Motte played really well in his few games in Rockford late last season, and showed himself capable when playing the in the World Championships this summer.

One player that has always intrigued me has been John Hayes.  He has a lot of size and good ability around the net with his only issue being his skating.  I could see him as the next Bryan Bickell.

On the defensive side, a player like Gustav Forsling is someone to watch with rumors out there that if he doesn’t make the Chicago Blackhawks he will be heading back to Sweden to play next season instead of playing in Rockford.

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If you want to see the entire roster and schedule click the link.  It’s only a couple of days until camp starts, are you excited about some summer hockey.

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